Just thought about something. They created these horrendous interfaces like UNITY and GNOME3 specifically for netbooks. And now netbooks are dead, sales declaining since Q2 2010, nobody wants them and GNU\linux users with real PCs left to suffer for nothing. Oh, irony!
BTW, I highly recommen Xubuntu - completely compatible ubuntu fork which uses xfce - very decent DE. Xfce is much lighter than mainstream DEs and has decent simple interface that lacks crap that clueless designers consider neat & hip these days. I used it since 2008, never was fan of gnome\kde.